Monday, November 2, 2020

TLC Tour Review: Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell

Title: Hell and High Water

Author: Keenan Powell

Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 267
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (AK) 

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this from one of our local school libraries

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Alaskan attorney Maeve Malloy isn’t sure she’s cut out to be a lawyer. All she wants is to be treated like everyone else. Hiding her past, she takes a kitchen job at a remote lodge while she sorts out her life. The day after she lands at Fox Island, a tourist is killed and a rampaging bear has trapped her and the lodge’s guests inside.

The locals cops can’t get to the lodge because of a storm so they ask Maeve for help. Her cover is blown and she’s thrown back into investigating the who, why, and wherefore of the murder before a killer among them can strike again.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound 

Review: I sign up to do TLC book tours so far in advance that by the time I actually read the book, I have completely forgotten what they are about. And, I don't read the summary before beginning the books; I like to be surprised.

Maeve Malloy is a suspended lawyer who is trying to find herself in rural Alaska. I like her. She is smart, canny, and pays attention. She can take care of herself, but doesn't figure things out right away, which is more realistic than some mystery main characters. The large supporting cast is good though it took me a while to keep track of all of them. I also like Tom, Maeve's best friend, even though he isn't with her for most of the book.

It took me almost 40 pages to get into this book, but once I was in, I was in. I thought it would just be a standard who-done-it mystery, but there is more depth to the story than that. I can't say what the issue is that comes up, but it's an important one and gives a good and interesting spin to the novel. I gotta say the rampaging bear is also a good addition.

The setting of Alaska (where the author herself lives) is relevant to the story. The terrain and weather both play into the plot and the outcome and I like it when the location matters and isn't just a place. If you like a mystery that has a bit more to it than just a murder, this one might work for you.

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